(1855 - 1919) German telecommunications industrialist of the Siemens family.
"Sehr geehrter Herr Hoffmann
Die Anzeige vom Tode Ihres Herrn Vaters erhielt ich hier leider verspätet. Meine Abwesenheit war wohl auch der Grund, weshalb ich von seiner abermaligen Erkrankung nichts gewußt hatte. Die Nachricht von seinem schnellen Tode hat mich sehr schmerzlich berührt. Es gab wenige Menschen, mit welchen ich während einer sehr langen Reihe von Jahren so vielfach in Berührung gekommen bin, und eine solche Fülle von interessanten/ Fragen zu erörtern hatte. Namentlich in der früheren Zeit ist das der Fall gewesen. Der Verstorbene war ein großes Talent, eine schöpferische Natur. Die Geschichte der Entwicklung seiner Firma ist angefüllt von seinen originellen und hervorragenden Leistungen. Außerdem war er aber einer der liebenswerthesten Menschen, welche ich kennengelernt habe. Er hinterläßt in unserm ganzen Kreise ein ganz ausgezeichnetes Andenken. Ich erlaube mir Ihnen und Ihrer Familie meine herzliche Antheilnahme auszusprechen
Ihr sehr ergebener
"Dear Mr. Hoffmann,
I unfortunately received here the notification of the death of your father belated. My absence was perhaps the reason, too, why I had not known anything about his repeated illness. The message of his prompt death touched me very painfully. There were few people, with which I had so often contact during so many years, and with whom I had so many interesting / questions to discuss. This was the case especially in the earlier days. The deceased was a big talent, a creative nature. The history of his firm is filled up with his inventive and excellent efforts. Furthermore, he was one of the most endearing persons, I have ever met with. He leaves in our entire circle an excellent remembrance. I dare to condole with you and your family cordially
Your very obedient
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AI generated biography of Georg Wilhelm von Siemens
Wilhelm von Siemens was a German inventor and industrialist who made significant contributions to the fields of telecommunications and electrical engineering. He was born in 1816 in Hanover, Germany, and received a classical education before studying engineering at the Berlin Polytechnic.
After completing his studies, Siemens worked as an engineer for various companies before co-founding the electrical engineering firm Siemens & Halske with his brother Carl in 1847. The company quickly became a leader in the field of telegraphy, and Siemens made several important inventions, including the first electric telegraph and the first telegram.
In addition to his work in telecommunications, Siemens also made significant contributions to the fields of electrical power generation and transmission. He developed the first electric generator and the first electrical power transmission system, and was also involved in the development of the first electric tram and electric locomotive.
Siemens was also a philanthropist and supported numerous charitable causes, including the establishment of the first technical university in Berlin. He was a member of the Prussian Academy of Sciences and received numerous awards and honors for his contributions to science and industry. Siemens died in 1892, leaving behind a legacy as one of the most important figures in the history of electrical engineering.